MAIMI (CBSMiami/AP) — There’s good news for the restoration of the Florida Everglades.

A $20 million federal grant has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation to elevate a section of highway blocking the natural flow of water into Everglades National Park.

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The grant will be used to raise a 2.6-mile strip of Tamiami Trail which links Miami to southwest Florida.

The bridge is the second part of an Everglades restoration project that has been bogged down by funding and legal hurdles. Last year, another mile-long stretch of Tamiami was elevated.

The National Park Service and the Florida Department of Transportation will receive the funding, according to federal officials.

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National Parks Conservation Association officials applauded the funding.

Everglades National Park suffers from a lack of water due to various decades-old water-control structures and the highway.

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